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Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:40 pm

The 2016 edition of the Rallye des Princesses was held at the end of May.
It's a six-day and 1600 km rally through France - from Paris to St Tropez - where all equipages are 100% women ;)

A full decription is here in english on their homepage: http://www.zaniroli.com/en/rallye-des-princesses

After a day of checks & exhibition in Paris, the actual race started on Sunday 29th and the start checkpoint was at a farm just about 10km off Nemours !
Needless to say a group of friends from English Rencart gathered in the early morning waiting for them on the roadside - our president had obtained some classified info about the roadbook so we knew where they would be starting -
I was particularly interested since Fred Hermand had sent me an email on the Saturday telling me that for the first time a Scimitar was engaged in the Rally !!

It all started under the rain, and some of the teams - 80 in total - were given a hard time since they were actually driving hood down !

Here goes a first series of pics taken under cover of a pine tree on the outside of a roundabout:
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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:40 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:41 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:41 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:42 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:42 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:43 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:44 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:44 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:45 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:46 pm

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:48 pm

And here it is .. the long awaited Scimitar :hurrah: :hurrah:

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:28 am

Following a Datsun 2000, I could reach the meeting point from where the actual race would start :wink:
Fortunately rain had stopped allowing for a quick coffee and chance to see the cars before they leave :D

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:03 am

This gave me a chance to talk to the Scimitar team - Christelle Jegou (pilot) and Patricia Boutier (nav) -
and take a good load of pictures :mrgreen:

The car belongs to Dominique Mouton, a french race driver who had bought it two years ago and simply stored it in a garage by lack of time.
When the project of engaging a car in the Rallye des Princesses was brought to him by friends,
he decided to restore and prepare the Scimi for them ... which was a 4-month job.
This rally was its first engagement, but Dominique is thinking about offering the car for hire
so that it could take part in other rallyes / races ... so we are likely to see it again in the near future 8)

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Re: Rallye des Princesses / May 2016

Post by tanuki » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:03 am

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past: Mitsubishi Celeste ('77), Alfetta Quadrifoglio ('85), Nissan Maxima ('95)

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